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Giunti (2020-06)
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Le Signore di Monte Pepe

by Fiorello, Catena

A story of female empowerment. The first adventure of the women of Monte Pepe: five fighters who, despite many challenges, succeed in crowning their dream of opening a "rosticceria" in a small Sicilian town surrounded by mountains, where they can sell the best "arancini" in the world.

Moving to a new house means that something is either ending or beginning. But, it always involves a messy mix of emotions. Rosa knows this well: after the death of her husband, she decides to leave Milan and return to her homeland, the remote Sicilian village of Monte Pepe. There, she soon realizes that the local women (even the youngest ones!) seem to be resigned to a monotonous routine. Yet, there must be a way to brighten up the days and awaken the ambitions of the ladies of Monte Pepe. One morning, she wakes up with a brand new idea: she will open a "rosticceria" that offers the best arancini of the region, in a friendly and cosy atmosphere that attracts tourists and gourmets. Relying on her past as a cook, Rosa tries to involve four friends: Giuseppa, a widow with a few more years than her, the twins Maria and Nunziatina, with a passion for traditional cuisine, and the beautiful Sarina, a young girl in search of her true calling. They will immediately face a big challenge: the town is too isolated in the mountains and customers are scarce. Despite everything, new loves are born, others end, and some still struggle to make their way.

And just when the five friends are starting to give up, their lives are turned upside down by the apparition of a mysterious woman who will take them on an incredible adventure in New York City.

Catena Fiorello was born in Catania, Sicily in 1966. She has always written for newspapers, TV and radio programmes. In 2006, her first novel, Picciridda, a popular success, described against the background of a family's emigration to Germany in the Sixties, the enthralling story of an eleven-year old child, Lucia, left behind in Sicily with her grandmother. The book was turned into a film (Picciridda. Con i piedi nella sabbia), directed by Paolo Licata and winner of "Globo d'oro" miglior opera prima. Among her works: Casca il mondo, casca la terra (Rizzoli, 2012), Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano. Ricordi, sogni e ricette di una famiglia come tante. La mia (Rizzoli, 2013), Un padre è un padre (Rizzoli, 2014), L'amore a due passi (Giunti, 2016), and Tutte le volte che ho pianto (Giunti, 2019). She lives between Rome and Letojanni, the village in Sicily that she adores.

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Catena Fiorello launches a new saga in the imaginary Monte Pepe, where the real protagonist is the ancestral force of Sicilian women.

Review: La Repubblica

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